Quality healthcare is vital for the Sustainable Development Goals era

A report published as part of the The Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems states that 5 million deaths per year in low and middle income countries result from people being given poor quality healthcare. This is in addition to the 3.6 million deaths each year caused by a lack of access to care. The report, involving MARCH researcher Dr Tanya Marchant, shows that despite recent improvements, the health of mothers & children suffers greatly as a result of low-quality healthcare, affecting the most vulnerable families most. To help improve quality, the authors argue for four universal actions targeting governance, service delivery, workforce & igniting demand from the public. They also argue for fewer but better measures of health system quality to improve accountability and transparency.

Kruk M. et al. “High-quality health systems in the Sustainable Development Goals era: time for a revolution.” The Lancet Global Health (2018).